|Walk:||Barf, Lord's Seat, Broom Fell, Graystones, Ling Fell, Sale Fell|
|Start Point:||Powter How car park (free)||Grid Ref:||NY 220 265|
|Distance:||11 miles||Ascent:||3,500 feet|
|Weather:||A dry day with sunny spells. A light but cold wind and good views.|
7 members of the group, led by Ray
|Comments:||The Clerk and The Bishop were good reasons to stop as we climbed steeply alongside Beckstones Gill. Crossing the stream by the waterfall we then climbed up to Barf where we enjoyed excellent views in all directions. After making our way across to Lord's Seat we made use of the rocky area for our morning coffee stop. Following the grassy ridge we continued on to Broom Fell, with its distinctive Cairn. The route to Graystones involved a descent and a further climb, before retracing our steps to cross Wythop Moss. A useful sheep trod led us up the flanks of Ling Fell and a track through heather (hence the name of the fell) took us up to the summit. After stopping for lunch in a sheltered spot as we descended, we then walked on to Sale Fell, from where it was wide grassy paths until we joined the C2C cycle track. This led us into Wythop Wood and back to the cars.|
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Heading up alongside Beckstones Gill . . .
we soon meet The Clerk . . .
situated below . . .
the 'Bishop of Barf' a white painted stone marking the spot where, according to local legend,
the Bishop of Derry was killed falling from his horse in 1783 after drunkenly betting he could ride up the hill
A short pause gives us time to check out the views across to the Vale of Keswick
After crossing Beckstones Gill for the second time . . .
we climb to Barf . . .
where we enjoy views down to Bassenthwaite . . .
and on to Lord's Seat . . .
where Sheila checks out the 'seat' . . .
and we stop for a coffee break
Then it's on to Broom Fell, and after a visit to Graystones . . .
we cross Wythop Moss . . .
on our way to . . .
with good views to the north
Time for a group shot . . .
The good grassy path gives us time to enjoy the views of Skiddaw, Dodd and the Ullock Pike ridge
The wind farm stands out clearly in the sun (on 18x zoom)
Another 'down and up' brings us to Sale Fell . . .
and another group shot . . .
before heading down to . . .
Wythop Wood . . .
and more great views of Bassenthwaite . . .
where a group of sailors enjoy the perfect day
And finally through the woods to the cars.